Michael O’Neill calls on Northern Ireland to prove they belong at Euros

first_imgBoss Michael O’Neill insisted Northern Ireland would be fearless in France after being draw against world champions Germany at Euro 2016. Press Association They will also face Poland and Ukraine next summer as they compete at a major tournament for the first time since 1986. Despite their minnows tag, following the draw on Saturday O’Neill reckons his side will be ready to face the best in Europe. Nottingham Forest striker Jamie Ward helped Northern Ireland win Group F ahead of Romania and the 29-year-old insisted the side can produce a shock. “We will go there and try to do or best. You look at Ukraine as a game to win – no pressure though. We’ve got a chance to go and play against some of the best players in the world. Hopefully our spirit can carry us through,” he said on the BBC. “It’s been great for the fans to have something to cheer about and I am sure they will travel in numbers to France as well.” “Poland and Germany showed what they are capable of in qualifying. It’s a tough group but we expected that,” he said. “In many ways it’s a good challenge because our strongest options are at centre-back – we’ve got three Premier League centre-backs, and they will relish the challenge of playing against Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski. “There are a lot of positives we take into the tournament. We actually won our group, we didn’t come through a play-off. People overlook that and we go into this tournament with everything to gain. “The co-efficient isn’t in our favour, but we have shown what you can achieve with team spirit and work ethic. We only lost one game in qualification.” Northern Ireland open against Poland in Nice on June 12, face Ukraine four days later in Lyon and take on Germany at the Parc de Princes on June 21. O’Neill added on the BBC: “The most important thing is to try and take something from your first game. The fixtures maybe work in our favour, playing Poland and Ukraine before Germany, which might be the most demanding physically. “At the end of the draw the chief executive said to me, ‘Well you have to beat Germany if you want to win the tournament’, and of course that was slightly tongue in cheek, but everybody’s looking forward to it.” Norwich forward Kyle Lafferty, who scored seven goals in qualifying, tweeted: “What a group. What a test for us to show everyone how far our wee country have come.” last_img read more

All Set for Coal City Marathon in November

first_imgRepresentatives of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Monday completed the inspection and marking of routes as the Government of Enugu State finalized plans to host the first ever Coal City Marathon in the sublime hilly capital of the old Eastern Nigeria.The AFN team, which arrived the state over the weekend, went through the routes marked for the 21 kilometre half marathon and expressed satisfaction with their findings, saying the new addition to Nigeria’s athletics calendar will go a long way to help athletics development in the country.This is happening even as the Enugu State Government also announced a total prize money of $20,000 (N7.2 million) and other consolation prizes for winners at the coming event. AFN’s technical Director, Sunday Omotayo Adeyeye, who led the AFN inspection team, described the route marked for the marathon as one of the most crafty he had ever seen, adding that such will go a long way to reinforce the credibility of the new sporting event.Adeyeye, who highlighted the importance of marathons in sports development and healthy livingurged the Enugu State Government to work harder towards ensuring that the new sporting property rises in prominence for eventual listing in the global athletics calendar.Earlier in his address, Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Enugu State, Hon Joe Udedi said the State was embarking on the project to reinforce its status as frontliner in Niegria’sathletics history.Recalling the exploits of the likes of Davidson and Osmond Ezinwa, Hon Udedi said Enugu State had in the past, produced athletes that went on to make Nigeria proud at global events such as the Olympics, saying that the vision of the Governor Ugwuanyi administration to initiate the Coal City Marathon provides an opportunity to showcase its capacity in Sports, culture and hospitality.He announced that the November 24 race will commence from the historic Michael OkparaSquare, Independence Layout Enugu and terminate at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium. He added that a website for registration of participating athletes had already commenced, with over 1,500 registered as at the time of the announcement.On the prizes for those that will emerge champions, the Commissioner revealed that first prize winners for both male and female participants will go home with the sum of $3,500 each while the runner-up will receive $3,000 each. There are also prizes for the second runner-up as well as other consolation prizes for the top 10 male and female runners, he also announced.He said the State Government is putting in place every measure geared towards a hitch-free marathon, with the Ministry of Health, Environment, Culture and Tourism as well as the security agencies collaborating to ensure participants and visitors to the State leave the with exciting experiences.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgRosses ACIt was a busy weekend for the club with athletes competing in competitions in Birmingham, Ardara, Gortahork and Maghery. Prode of place must go to our young athletes who were representing Donegal in Birmingham at the UK Aviva Sportshall Athletic Finals. Tara Harley, Bridget McDyer, Ailbhe O’Donnell and Sarah Doherty were competing with the u15 relay team finishing second and and u13 relay team finishing third. The outstanding Donegal performance came from Sarah Doherty who claiming two gold medals representing the best points return ever by a Donegal athlete at this event. Very well done to all.On Saturday last a number of athletes competed in the Ardara 10k which has over 1000 people competing with Sean McShane winning the mens in 36:36, while there was good performances from others competing in a great event. On Sunday there was a 5 mile road race in Gortahork with Michael Logue coming out on top in the mens and Nicola Doherty winning the womens. In Maghery at the same time there was a 5k race where John Paul Wilson came home second behind Mark McCole with Helen McCready winning the ladies followed by Carleen Walsh. It is great to see so many athletes from the area competing in races. One thing to note however is that we do need to have everybody registered with the club (20 euro) and also we would encourage people to start wearing the club vests – contact Ita for details. The northwest 10k is coming up on Sunday week and many athletes are planning to complete in this event – due to he large numbers in recent times it is worth considering registering on line. It would be great to see all club members wearing the club colours at this event. ROSSES ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Rosses Athletic Club noteslast_img read more

On Favrd, Twitter & Community: Why You Should Be Able to Count the Stars

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos guest author 1 For Goodness’ Sake…SmallCanBeBig is a charitable non-profit that harnesses the power of small, direct donations for families in need. Mark Nikolewski (@mnik) is lead designer and art director for the organization; from his personal experience in the community, he can trace back thousands of dollars in direct donations to SmallCanBeBig from Favrd members. He estimates that the community supplies about 20% of the organization’s (@smallcanbebig‘s) retweets, without accounting for any secondary networking effects. Mike Monteiro (@mike_FTW) has been one of SmallCanBeBig’s most outspoken supporters, incenting donations via Twitter in Favrd fashion: “SmallCanBeBig: Tell you what: you donate $50 and I will tweet a PERSONAL INSULT which you can RT to show your friends how cool you are.” (Visit SmallCanBeBig.org directly to donate sans personal insult.)Josh Hopkins (@thedayhascome) began tweeting about the medical condition of his daughter (born January 2009) as a part of the Favrd community, which rose up with overwhelming support while Lucy underwent serious operations and prolonged hospital stays. (Josh and his family will be participating in the March for Babies in 2010 to raise money on behalf of Lucy’s name. If individuals would like to donate money to The March of Dimes, on behalf of Team Lucy Kate who is walking in the Indianapolis event, more information is available here.)“Keep starring the heavens, kids. #thankyoutextism” (via @pagecrusher)A more comprehensive directory of projects from the Favrd community is available here. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#social networks#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Favrd, the now-retired (creator-destroyed) aggregation site for Twitter “favorites,” began as the irreverent offshoot of a community of influential designers and developers — people like Merlin Mann (@hotdogsladies), John Gruber (@gruber), Jeffrey Zeldman (@zeldman), and Dean Cameron Allen (@textism), the site’s creator.You don’t need to know the lofty origins of Favrd, though; if anything, they’re antithetical to the point. Favrd ran on a “no-webcock algorithm.” (“Webcock” was Dean’s term for shamelessly self-promoting “new media gurus.”)This guest post was written by Kim Gaskins, a writer for Latitude Research.In an interview earlier this year, web developer Rafael Torres (@rafitorres) remarked: “A common concern for all of [the creators] was the idea that the social web had been invaded by a certain class of individuals who were apparently only concerned with marketing themselves and their brands through fake social interactions.”How Many Stars in the Sky? Infinite: and That’s Too Many.Simply put, I think what happened to Favrd was that a new crop of users appeared who didn’t know how to value the currency, and thus they inadvertently devalued it. They were arbitrarily plastering their stars around town to promote themselves, like “take-out menus hung on the doors of other restaurants.” Dan Wineman (@dwineman), “The Favrd Situation”In this way, currency (devalued) only serves to commodify valuable content. Remiel (@remiel) makes some generative suggestions here to “inject scarcity back into the equation.” What if Favstar instituted a new metric… ? “The result, ideally, is… a truly useful list of vetted Twitter content, reliably worth reading. In short: a great, alternative Twitter filter.”“I hate when clever, elegant things leave the web.” Jeffrey Zeldman to Dean Cameron Allen, commenting on “The Stars Look Down”Favrd: The Black Sheep of Bottom-Up PosterCommunitiesCohesive communities like Favrd, grown organically without a pointed goal — especially the communities grown around liberality of mind and well-placed puns — have some people asking, “yes, but what’s the point?“Therein lies the point.“I’ve met lots of people, collaborated creatively with a few and even had one stay on my couch during his trip across the country. All wonderful experiences.” Jon Dascola, commenting on Zeldman’s “The Stars Look Down”So What’s Beside the Point?Professionally speaking, Avery Edison (@aedison) is an upcoming UK-based comedy writer who has her roots in the feedback and support of the Favrd community. You Look Nice Today (@hotdogsladies, @lonelysandwich, and @scottsimpson) is a free podcast “prepared by and for ‘adults’” that now performs in 3space as well, for money.Interview with Nick Douglas (@nick), author of Twitter Wit: Brilliance in 140 Characters or Less: last_img read more

Why Your Sales Forecast Is Always Wrong

first_imgYou are competing for a prospective client’s business. You know there are two other companies being considered, both of whom, like you, could do good work were they awarded the business. You have all done discovery, developed a solution and presented your final proposal.Your CRM has a pull-down menu that indicates the stage of the sales process, as well as the likelihood of winning that deal expressed as a percentage. Your CRM suggests that you have a 75 percent chance of winning this deal. Your two competitors also have CRMs, and their likelihood of winning based on the stage is also 75 percent. Neither you nor your competitors have a 75 percent chance of winning the deal at this point.If there are three competitors in this contest, none of whom have been ruled out for some reason, the very highest odds you have in winning is 33 percent. One company will win, the other two will lose, as is the nature of a zero-sum game. The 33 percent chance is the very highest number you can use to project your chances, and the number could be 25 percent, leaving open the possibility that the client decides not to do anything, something that happens frequently in sales.If there are only two competitors in this same competition, the best you can guess (and you are guessing, unless you have strong evidence that suggests otherwise), is a 50 percent chance of winning, with the real number being 33 percent, again leaving open the option to do nothing.If there is one thing that hurts sales organizations, sales leaders, sales managers, and salespeople, it’s the false confidence that comes from believing they have enough opportunities to meet and exceed their goals. Much of the time, when they are surprised, the surprise comes in the form lost deals they believed they would win, deals that ended in a no-decision, and deals they believed they would win that push into future quarters because the date in the CRM is, was, and always will be a placeholder when it lacks a client’s commitment.If you are going to use a percentage to express your likelihood of winning, you are better off with a rule of thumb that suggests that three competitors in a deal means you have a 33 percent chance of winning and not 75 percent.last_img read more

Durand Cup: Mohun Bagan Firm Favourites in Final vs Gokulam Kerala FC

first_imgKolkata: Heavyweights Mohun Bagan will be overwhelming favourites to clinch a record 17th title in the 129th Durand Cup football tournament when they face a resurgent Gokulam Kerala FC at the Saltlake Stadium on Saturday.The Mariners last won the Asia’s oldest tournament way back in 2000, defeating Mahindra United 2-1 by a golden goal after extra time, and they would look to end their long wait, spanning close to two decades. This time too their journey has been tough as the Kibu Vicuna-coached side overcame a gritty Real Kashmir 3-1 in the extra time to make their first final since 2009.Gokulam Kerala too had to sweat it out in the other semi-final to get past a 10-man East Bengal 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 stalemate in the extra time.History will also beckon the Kerala outfit as it has been 22 years since a club from the state won the third oldest tournament of the world. FC Kochin were the previous and the only Kerala club that won the trophy before.But come Saturday, the local giants will start as favourites while the Kerala side will have to deal with the hostile conditions.Vicuna, however, disagreed that his side would start as favourites.”It will be an open match. I don’t think we are favourites. Both teams have same possibility to win. It is 50-50. Both teams are equally good and played tough matches in the semifinals,” Vicuna said.A title in his first tournament after joining Mohun Bagan will be special for Vicuna who has brought in a Spanish flavour to the side.”It is very special to play a final, that means we have been playing well. Every tournament is difficult. We played four matches and won all. It is going to be special of course as it is a very old tournament,” he said.The home side will be depending on star striker Salva Chamorro, who has scored three goals in the competition.But Mohun Bagan have to win the battle of defence with the opponent’s side boasting two star forwards in Marcus Joseph and Henry Kisekka, who played for the Mariners last season.Kisekka, however, said he does not want to prove a point against his former side.”I am not here to prove to anyone. I am focusing on the game and want to come out victorious. Football is not about emotion but it is about opportunity,” the Ugandan said.The home side’s biggest threat will be the opponent captain and Trinidadian forward Joseph — the leading goal scorer of the tournament with nine goals, including two hat-tricks.”I am proud to lead the club. It would be a great gift to people of Kerala, if were able to achieve it,” Marcus said.Gokulam Kerala have been at their resurgent best, winning all the league matches in a dominant manner while scrapping past East Bengal, which won the prestigious tournament 16 times, in penalty shootout en route the final.Kerala coach Fernando Valera’s strategy has been to deploy three defenders, relying on speedy wing-backs to set up the attacks.Mohammed Rashid is manning the midfield with Joseph, who usually starts as an attacking midfielder.”It will be a battle of nerves, that is what I feel. We had taken the game against East Bengal with responsibility and competitiveness as we have done for every match. Now, we don’t want to lose our focus in the final,” Valera said. durand cupfootballGokulam Kerala FCindian football First Published: August 23, 2019, 8:07 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Antonio backs Sterling following racist abuse

first_imgWest Ham winger Michail Antonio has come out in support of Raheem Sterling and described the City forward as “brave” for his stand against racism.Sterling was the target of an alleged racial abuse on Saturday during City’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea and Antonio who have had a similar experience is supporting the England international for his stand on the issue of racism in football.“I experienced it when I was younger. I was like 10 or 11. A kid called me a monkey,” Antonio told Sky Sports.“I’ve not experienced it as a professional footballer myself, but it’s just one of those things where it happens. It’s just how it gets dealt with.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“To be honest, I think he’s a very brave man.“He’s showing facts and I honestly believe he’s done the right thing.“You can blame one person, but putting it out there and showing it’s not just one person that’s doing it, he’s saying the media, if we can stop it being in the papers, if we can stop it from the source, that’s how it ends.”last_img read more

UK seeks longterm global support for Rohingyas

first_imgRohingya refugees, who crossed the border from Myanmar two days earlier, walk after they received permission from the Bangladesh army to continue their way to Kutupalong refugee camp, near Cox`s Bazar. ReutersThe United Kingdom (UK) has called on the international community to provide long-term support to keep Rohingya people — both in Bangladesh and Myanmar– safe in the years to come.The UK has been at the forefront of that response and has contributed 129 million pounds to support the displaced Rohingya since 25 August 2017, said UK Department for International Development in a statement on Friday.August 25 marks one year from the devastating man-made crisis which saw the mass exodus of 700,000 persecuted Rohingya men, women and children fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh.This time last year the watching world looked on at the scale and speed of this forced movement of people which triggered one of the largest international aid responses in 2017.The government and the people of Bangladesh have also shown enormous generosity in opening their borders and providing a safe haven for those people fleeing violence. Now the focus is on making sure that the Rohingya people have access to further support while they are living in the camps, said the statement.The UK aid will provide immediate access to learning opportunities in a safe environment for Rohingya children and also local children living in communities near the camps, as well as providing skill development training to improve the livelihoods for Rohingya men and women, better equipping them for the future.International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the roots of this crisis go back decades, but 12 months ago we saw an unprecedented campaign of terror by the Burmese military, resulting in 700,000 people fleeing across the border into Bangladesh.”There’s no doubt that this is a protracted crisis and the British public have enabled hundreds of thousands of lives to be saved through their taxes, and through huge sums raised in voluntary donations. I want to thank all who’ve stepped up and donated or worked to bring hope to so many.”Mordaunt said it is clear what the international community must now do, and what Myanmar must do. “These people need their lives back and their rights guaranteed. On this anniversary of such barbarism we should recommit ourselves to ensuring that Burma cooperates with the asks of the international community and that nations work to meet to needs of these vulnerable people.”To date, UK aid has provided lifesaving food, water, shelter and medication to almost a million Rohingya who now live within the camps in Bangladesh.The UK said it will continue to help all the vulnerable communities remaining in Rakhine State, including 600,000 Rohingya.”Our humanitarian work and support to education, nutrition, livelihoods and health are designed to address inequalities between different groups and promote progress on the recommendations put forward by the Kofi Annan led Rakhine Advisory Commission.”The UK continues to press for the conditions to be put in place for the Rohingya to be able to return voluntarily, safely and with dignity to their homes.Such conditions do not yet exist and any returns process will take considerable time.UK aid, the crisis in twelve months:August: Reports of violence and cross border movements triggered our preparations for a rising number of arrivals in Bangladesh.September: The UK stepped up its existing assistance in the camps and provided £30 million in extra funding which helped to provide food, water and shelter for the new influx of people. In Myanmar, following the events of the 25 August 2017, DFID funded the distribution of clean water and food and the provision of healthcare services to affected communities.October: The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) launched its appeal. DFID announced it would match donations pound for pound up to £5million. In the same month it also pledged a further £12 million of humanitarian assistance at the landmark UN pledging conference.November: International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt visited the Cox’s Bazar camps where she witnessed firsthand how UK aid was having an impact on the ground. She also announced an additional £12 million in support for additional food and to increase access to psychosocial support and counselling for victims of sexual and gender-based violence.December: Following the outbreak of diphtheria in the camps, the UK aid-funded Emergency Medical Team (EMT), made up of the UK’s top medical professionals, was deployed in the days after Christmas to help stem the spread of this deadly disease.January: The BBC ran a full day of live radio and TV coverage from Cox’s Bazar and announced the UK was playing a significant role in halting the spread of diphtheria within the camps by vaccinating 350,000 children between the ages of six months and 15 years.February: After six weeks in the camps the EMT returned home having triaged more than 3,000 people and treated almost 500 people for diphtheria. Had it not been for British help, many people could have died. An important part of their legacy was training local Bangladeshi medical professionals in disease prevention.March: The International Development Committee visited the camps and witnessed how UK aid was saving lives.April: The Evening Standard reported on the number of babies that were due to be born in the midst of the monsoon and cyclone season. In an interview with the paper the International Development Secretary highlighted how more than 16,000 births were imminent and set out how UK aid was helping to train midwives.May: Ahead of the looming monsoon and cyclone season, the UK announced continued support to the Rohingya people. The additional £70 million support package is destined to provide immediate support in the form of shelter, food and medication, and longer-term support in the form of livelihood opportunities.June: UK support helped with the important process of shelter preparations before the looming rains began. New shelters were built and existing shelters strengthened.July: A flurry of activity in this month saw the final repairs to roads and pathways in the camps. UK support provided to undertake this task will ensure that vital food, medicine and water can to get through into the camps if there is significant flooding.July also saw a meeting between the International Development Secretary and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett, where they discussed how UK aid is saving lives and what more needs to be done to ensure that the Rohingya people are cared for.last_img

Is teenagers smartphone obsession really bad

first_imgParents’ fears about their teenagers’ heavy use of cell phones and social media may be exaggerated as the youngsters’ online worlds may be an extension of their offline lives, a new study suggests.“We see young people constantly on their phones and assume ill effects, but much of the research to date tells a more positive story,” said lead researcher Candice Odgers from Duke University. “When we look closely, we see considerable overlap between the underlying motivations and content of online versus offline communications and activities,” Odgers explained.Rather than connecting with strangers, most adolescents use digital media to interact with friends and acquaintances in their face-to-face social networks.last_img read more